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  • angela carter
    • 2nd wave feminism
      • mararet thatcher
      • Situationist cultural activism of the 1960s
      • sexual libertarianism
    • psychoanalysis
      • id ego super ego
      • Carter responds forcefully to Freudian concepts, foregrounding female identity and boldly depicting a range of female experiences and destinies.
    • home life
      • anorexic- focus on body image and beauty
      • overbearing mother
        • Magic Toyshop folows Melanie, as she becomes aware of herself, her environment, and her own sexuality.
      • 1st husband with depressive periods
        • inspired uncle in the magic toyshop
      • second husband based erl king story
    • *********** and the sadien woman
    • literary influences
      • edgar allen poe
        • rich imagery and typical gothic settings
          • Gothic tales, cruel tales, tales of wonder, tales of terror, fabulous narratives that deal directly with the imagery of the unconscious – mirrors; the externalized self; forsaken castles; haunted forests; forbidden sexual objects’
      • ernst hoffman
        • rich imagery and typical gothic settings
          • Gothic tales, cruel tales, tales of wonder, tales of terror, fabulous narratives that deal directly with the imagery of the unconscious – mirrors; the externalized self; forsaken castles; haunted forests; forbidden sexual objects’
      • classic folklore stories
        • fairy tale’s basis in folklore provides a traditional framework upon which modern fears can be explored.
      • charles perrault's fairy tales- (1628-1703) ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Puss in Boots’ and ‘Bluebeard’
      • Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (c. 1695-1755).
      • Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) wrote 2 novels that influenced Carter: Juliette (1797), where an amoral nymphomaniac achieves considerable influence, success and happiness by exploiting her sexuality. Justine (1791) where a virtuous woman is continually taken advantage of by men and ultimately dies in despair.
      • gothic elements are strongly present- moonlit forests, graveyards, isolated castles, locked rooms, guttering candles and the howling of wolves in the night.

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